Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Swimming Champion

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The story of Natalie Coughlin's remarkable battle back from injury and burnout to be-come America's Golden Girl—a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner in swimming and the most decorated female athlete at the 2004 Olympics

Five years ago, Natalie Coughlin's promising swimming career was all but extinguished when a devastating shoulder injury ended her dreams for the 2000 Olympics. After becoming, at age 15, the first person ever to qualify for all 14 women's events at the U.S. ...

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The story of Natalie Coughlin's remarkable battle back from injury and burnout to be-come America's Golden Girl—a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner in swimming and the most decorated female athlete at the 2004 Olympics

Five years ago, Natalie Coughlin's promising swimming career was all but extinguished when a devastating shoulder injury ended her dreams for the 2000 Olympics. After becoming, at age 15, the first person ever to qualify for all 14 women's events at the U.S. Nationals, she seemed destined to follow the path of so many other young swimming stars—devoured by an oppressive training schedule.

In Golden Girl, Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver—coauthor of many bestselling sports memoirs—including Dennis Rodman's, Kurt Warner's, and Jerry Rice's—tells the story of Natalie's remarkable journey back from the brink. With complete access to her family, friends, coaches, teammates, and adversaries, Silver details how she made the crucial choice to train with University of California coach Teri McKeever. Together the two, star and coach, have defied long-standing training methods, forcing the swimming community to rethink the ways in which it treats its talent. An inspirational story of a complex and courageous young athlete, Golden Girl is also a fascinating portrait of the fractious world of competitive swimming.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594862540
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL SILVER, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, is a highly respected sportswriter and coauthor of several bestselling sports memoirs. He lives in Northern California.

NATALIE COUGHLIN has built a reputation as the most versatile, dominant swimmer in the world. Seizing five medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens—two gold, two silver, and one bronze—Natalie's performance is considered the best in Olympic history by any American woman.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Just the two of us 1
Ch. 2 Where the heart is; where the action is 14
Ch. 3 Jiggle, jiggle, jiggle 30
Ch. 4 The hard sell 50
Ch. 5 Golden bare 64
Ch. 6 The horse whisperer 79
Ch. 7 Blown out of the water 94
Ch. 8 Science fiction 108
Ch. 9 Coming together, falling apart 127
Ch. 10 Sharks and minnows 142
Ch. 11 Swimming not to lose 155
Ch. 12 Blue valentine 173
Ch. 13 One of the team 189
Ch. 14 Free at last 206
Ch. 15 Half chlorine, half tears 229
Ch. 16 Greeced lightning 246
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    wow

    i think that this book is great it teaches the world how natalie fought back but it also can teach others how they can push them selfs into absolutly anything they want. but this can also show young ones how they can grow up and prove to any one that they can do anything.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Wonderful read...but lacks both sides

    This was a wonderful book and I greatly enjoyed reading it. But it lacked showing both sides of an issue during the story and didn't remember to mention that certain training techniques don't work for every swimmer. But otherwise it was wonderful to read. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Interesting

    I thought this book was very interesting. The new stratagies that are being used are really cool. I think Natalie Coughlin is an amazing swimmer and her coach is has done an amazing job helping her improve beyond what many people thought possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Not what I expected.

    I picked up this book expecting it to be a biography book on Natalie Coughlin but its not. It's about Natalie and other people in the swimming world. I thought this book was boring at first because I'm not a swimming fan but at least I'm glad to finish the book.

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